The 3rd Moravian Unity Brass Festival
July 19 – 22, 2018 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
A long weekend of music and fellowship for brass instrument players of all ages and levels. Be a part of an enormous brass ensemble, made up of Moravians from around the world; an experience you will never forget. All in praise and adoration of the one who calls us to be his own.
Performances and worship will take place at locations and churches all over the city. The Massed Brass
will perform a Unity Concert at Wait Chapel, on the campus of Wake Forest University, 3:00pm on Sunday. www.wfu.edu
Winston-Salem began as a Moravian settlement in 1753 and includes the beautiful and historic villages of Salem, Bethabara, Bethania
The format will be a long weekend, arriving Thursday, with optional Wednesday activities, tours, and events, specially designed for out of town visitors. Another option is to stay for Monday, although many tour destinations are closed on Monday.
The first Unity Brass Festival was held in 2007 in South Africa and coincided with the 550th anniversary (1457-2007) of the Unity.
The 2nd Moravian Unity Brass Festival was held May 17-21 in the Moravian community of in Bad Boll, Germany, in May 2013. Three groups from BBSA, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and Mamre Brass Band participated in this festival and toured Germany in May 2013. This year’s festival, known as “Bläsertag 2013 (Brass Day)” was the second Unity-wide gathering of brass players. About 350 brass players attended the long weekend (Friday-Tuesday) festival, representing five countries: Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United States. The local and regional brass festivals in Germany are often planned over the Pentecost (Pfingsten) long weekend, with special services on Sunday and Monday. This national holiday makes it easier for many to attend, although many shops and museums may be closed.
Read more about the Bad Boll Unity Brass Festival here:
3rd Unity Brass Festival
A general public audience is invited to the massed brass performance on Sunday afternoon. Free; donations appreciated.
Registration is required to participate as a player – registration includes all events, rehearsals, and workshops of the Festival.
The Festival is an opportunity to share music and fellowship with other Moravian brass musicians, in the historic city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While designed for both amateur and professional musicians in the Moravian Church, the Festival is open to all, regardless of age, gender, place of residence, denominational affiliation, or level of musical training!
Bitte die Brüder-Unität Bläsertreffen in North Carolina teilnehmen! Bestimmt am 19 – 22 Juli 2018 ! Durch die Amerikanische Moravian Music Foundation gefördert.
Goals of the Festival:
- Musicians will experience Christian fellowship, renew old friendships, and meet Moravians from around the world.
- Musicians will learn about Moravian music and Moravian history, while experiencing North American Moravian culture.
- Musicians will play a variety of worshipful brass music, including new arrangements, new compositions, and some challenges, under the direction of a variety of Moravian band leaders (some of the composers and arrangers, themselves!).
CALL FOR ARRANGEMENTS
Click for information about submitting music to be considered for performance at the Festival in July, 2018.